Albert George Griffiths

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Albert George Griffiths

Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Death 2 Aug 1926 (aged 68)
Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot EDGAR_84_12_1
Memorial ID 79397772 · View Source
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Rock Springs Rocket, Aug 6, 1926


George Griffiths is dead. Following a relapse Saturday night, after Mr. Griffiths had seemingly recovered from a two week's sickness, the stricken man lost strength rapidly and died at 8:00 Monday morning. Death resulted from heart failure.

Mr. Griffiths was born in November 1857, at Llanstphan, Calmarthen Shaire, Wales. He served in the British army for Queen Victoria, participating in the Boer wars and also going with her Majesty's troops into South Africa and Egypt. Later he married but his wife preceded him in death by many years. Two daughters survive, both of whom still make their homes in Great Britain.

Coming to America in 1905, Mr. Griffiths moved immediately to Rock Springs where in the 21 years of his residence he made hundreds of friends. For years he worked in the mines of Blairtown and held a life membership in the United Mine Workers of America. He was also affiliated with the local chapter of the Moose Lodge, and was ever active in community affairs. Dressed in the uniform in which he was buried, the one which he wore when the above photograph was made, George Griffiths, as drum major, led many processions through the streets of Rock Springs, both on gala days and on solemn, impressive occasions.

His community spirit and consideration for the happiness of others was beautifully demonstrated when Mr. Griffiths founded the library in the local Labor Temple, a number of years ago. After conceiving the idea, he worked zealously getting contributions of books and funds for the institution, which now remains an active memorial to the man responsible for its being.

Two brothers of the deceased, John and David, died within the past year. Both were residents of Wales. Surviving are two daughters and two sisters, all of whom live in Wales, one brother, County Commissioner William Griffiths, of this city, and seven grandchildren.

The funeral was held at the home of William Griffiths, 132 South Front street, at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. R.E. Abraham, of the Episcopal Church conducted the services, assisted by the Wildermuth Funeral Home. Vocal numbers by John Ramsay, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. David Powell, accompanied by Miss Williams, were given at the home in the Welch tongue. The pallbearers were Joseph Fidgett, Jack Jones, Joseph Joynson, William Morrow, Joe Davenport and Joseph Anselmi.

Union Pacific Coal Company Employes’ Magazine, Sep 1926
A.G. Griffiths Passes On

A.G. Griffiths, familiarly known as “Major,” passed to the Great Beyond on August 2nd, 1926, and his remains were interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Rock Springs, August 4th.

Born in the British Isles, he early joined the Grenadier Guards and often referred to the fact that he drilled before General U.S. Grant at Chelsea Barracks, London, and at one time exhibited to the writer a letter from the daughter of the latter mentioning the incident. He served in the Soudan war in South Africa, in Egypt upon several engagements, the Boer war, also on the Police force at Swanset, Wales. While in camp in South Africa, he met the late John P. Boyer, formerly Cashier of the First National Bank here, and their acquaintanceship was renewed after the arrival here of Mr. Griffiths. He gained some fame as an amateur boxer and defeated several well known celebrities of that period. He was a man possessing a fine physique and upon being brought before a British Army Board for service in Egypt was passed without the necessity of undergoing an examination, his splendid figure being remembered by several of the surgeons composing the Board who had seen him on previous occasions.

He worked for The Union Pacific Coal Company as a miner in Mines 1 and 10, Roc Springs, as well as at Hanna and was closely identified with U.M.W. of A. affairs, being for many years custodian of the Labor Temple here. He officiated as Drum Major of the local band for many years and was very adept with the baton.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 79397772
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert George Griffiths (11 Nov 1857–2 Aug 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79397772, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .